LIA, GREECE – The U.S. Ambassador to Greece, David Pearce, honored renowned author Nicholas Gage with a visit to his home village of Lia in Greece.
Each year, Gage holds a memorial service to honor the death of his mother Eleni, who was executed by communist guerillas in 1948. As Gage described the event at a previous memorial: My mother, Eleni Gatzoyianni, and four other Liotes—Alexandra Gatzoyianni, Vasilis Nikou, Spyros Mihopoulos and Andreas Mihopoulos, were all executed along with eight others on Aug. 28, 1948, by Communist guerrillas who murdered innocent civilians in every village in these mountains, as well as 114 captured soldiers, all in their 20’s. Two weeks after the executions in Lia, the guerrillas were driven out of these mountains and took all the people from these villages with them and scattered them throughout eastern Europe, where they all endured years of hardship.
“Those who committed those horrible crimes have all gone to their final judgment by now and their ideology has been consigned to the ash heap of history. They will be remembered, if they are remembered at all, with scorn and contempt.”
Gage wrote about his mother’s sage in the bestselling book, Eleni, which was also made into a feature film.
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